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Code: GOV/20/190/A Being an Effective Clerk

This course is aimed at potential and new clerks. 


This course will include the following:

• the role and duties of the Clerk to the Governors
• the role and work of the governing body
• producing minutes
• work of committees
• case studies - dealing with problems

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1 05 June 2020 09:00 - 15:00 Mercure Hatfield Oak Hotel Map

Code: GOV/20/309/A Safeguarding children

This course is strongly recommended for all governors and is essential for the Designated Child Protection governor(s), the chair/vice chair. It is also recommended to refresh this training every 4 years.

This training looks at:

  • safeguarding in the school context
  • the role of Child Protection School Liaison Officers (CPSLO)
  • the nature of child abuse
  • safeguarding Responsibilities
  • gole of the governing board, the headteacher, all staff/volunteers
  • the role of the Designated Senior Person (DSP)
  • child protection policy and procedures
  • statutory child protection training timescales
  • vulnerability of staff in schools
  • management of allegations against staff
  • monitoring and review of school practice, policies and procedures
  • introduction to audit tools - Annual Schools' Safeguarding Practice Checklist and Annual Safeguarding Report
  • an opportunity to ask questions or arrange follow-up contact with your CPSLO.

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1 10 June 2020 19:00 - 21:00 South Hill Centre Map

Code: GOV/20/289/A Headteachers' performance management


This course is particularly useful to governors that serve on the Headteacher Performance Panel but is of interest to all governors.

Governors will:

  • be familiar with headteacher performance management arrangements
  • understand the role of the external advisers in this process
  • gain awareness of relevant policies
  • have regards to the work/life balance of the headteacher

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1 11 June 2020 19:00 - 21:00 West Herts College Map

Code: GOV/20/302/A Handling School Complaints

This training is aimed at all governors of maintained schools. Whilst based on the HCC model policy, the concept of governors' roles and responsibilities is the same although other model policies may differ in terms of stages within a procedure

This session will:

  • identify the principles of good complaint handling
  • share the complaints policy toolkit
  • use the toolkit and relevant papers to work through a scenario

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1 16 June 2020 19:00 - 21:00 Goffs Academy Map

Code: GOV/20/2/A Clerks' network

These termly seminars include presentations covering a range of governance topics for both academies and schools.

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1 17 June 2020 17:30 - 20:00 Barnwell Upper School, Stevenage Map

Code: GOV/20/480/A Effective Use of Pupil Premium

This course will provide an opportunity for governors to update their knowledge and understanding of the effective use of Pupil Premium funding.

This training session looks at:

  • what are the Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus?
  • accountability within the Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus
  • the Pupil Premium and Ofsted
  • effective use of the Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus
  • what works well
  • what governors need to know about the Pupil Premium
  • the Pupil Premium Plus for Children Looked After

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1 17 June 2020 19:00 - 21:00 South Hill Centre Map

Code: GOV/20/317/A Induction for Governors

This full day course is for new governors for schools, academies and MAT's. This course is very important for all new governors so that they can be as effective as possible in helping the governing board in its role to secure school improvement. Delegates benefit from the opportunity to network with new governors from other schools and academies.

We recommend that all new governors attend the ‘Induction for governors’ course within the first 3 months of being appointed. In particular new governors derive maximum benefit if they book onto a course which takes place after they have attended at least one governing board meeting.

The three key roles of the governing board that will be covered during the course are:
1. vision and strategic
2. holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school
3. Financial management and best value

Delegates will also receive an insight into how to get to know your school and taking part in effective meetings. The course will use a variety of teaching strategies including group discussion, case studies and tutor input.


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1 17 June 2020 09:30 - 16:30 South Hill Centre Map

Code: GOV/20/288/A Health and Safety

This course is relevant to all governors, particularly those with an interest in premises and health and safety.


This session includes:

  • an overview of sensible risk management and balancing risk and benefit
  • health and safety roles and responsibilities
  • practical case studies
  • key areas for monitoring and a proportionate approach to safety in schools/academies

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1 18 June 2020 19:00 - 21:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: HRS/20/346/A Resolving conflict using mediation

This course will help delegates to understand what conflict is and why it occurs. Attendees will consider the impact of unresolved conflict on the individuals involved, their colleagues and managers and will gain an insight into the role of the mediator. By the end of the course, attendees will recognise the steps they can take to avoid an escalation of destructive conflict. The group will also discuss the benefits of using mediation as a tool to resolve disputes.

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1 18 June 2020 09:30 - 13:30 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: GOV/20/299/A Safer recruitment

This nationally accredited full day ‘Safer recruitment’ training is suitable for governors and staff of schools/academies involved in the recruitment process. This course is applicable for those who have had no previous training - if you have attended ‘Safer recruitment’ training within the past 5 years’ there is a separate refresher course for those who wish to refresh their accreditation. (Please check if you are unsure)

The principles and actions for safer recruitment derive from the Bichard Inquiry which was formed following the tragic events of the 'Soham case' (2004). The Inquiry's Report highlighted flaws and shortcomings in the recruitment process that allowed Ian Huntley to be employed as a caretaker at Soham Community School. The Bichard Inquiry recommended that all governing boards have members who have been safer recruitment trained and that appointment panels for school leadership posts include at least one governor who has been safer recruitment trained. This course is based on the Safer Recruitment Consortium national programme.

Please note that attendance to the whole day is required in order to achieve accreditation.

The session will:

  • raise awareness of the Bichard Inquiry Report and the safer recruitment framework
  • look at data and trends in school/academy incidents of abuse
  • look at safer recruitment processes and policies
  • provide an opportunity to go through the recruitment process
Pre-course reading is available for all delegates to read through before the date of the training, please ensure to read this in advance.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 19 June 2020 09:30 - 16:30 South Hill Centre Map